What to Know
- The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch has a Sweet Pea Maze, included with admission to the attraction
- The destination, which is famous for its Giant Tecolote Ranunculus, is open through May 8, 2022
- You can pick sweet peas at Underwood Family Farms in Moorpark or view them, later in the spring, around Lompoc
What does a sweet pea smell like?
We'll guess that many people might answer such a question with "a sweet pea smells like a sweet pea," and anyone querying on the topic would need to be satisfied with the somewhat opaque but totally accurate answer.
The frilly-of-petal, saturated-of-hue blossom is sometimes described as a quirky combo of several other well-known flowers, olfactory-wise. "Orange blossom" seems to be mentioned frequently, and other fruitful favorites, too.
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But ultimately? The sweet pea's sublime scent is totally itself, in the end: perfumy, light, bright, and layered.
If you're keen to sniff out the far fuller story behind those four words, you'll have a number of opportunities in the months ahead, thanks to the fact that the sweetest and pea-ist season is now turning its frilly face to the Southern California sun.
Where to go, though, to find sweet pea-themed pursuits?
One of the majors can be found in Carlsbad, at The Flower Fields, which are synonymous with the Giant Tecolote Ranunculus, a brilliant, thickly petaled blossom that appears several million times over around the vast outdoor space.
But wait: There's also a Sweet Pea Maze on the property, giving visitors a different and delightful route to connecting with a floral favorite. The maze, like several activities around The Flower Fields, is included with your admission.
If you're around Moorpark, and eager for some spectacular sweet-pea-a-tude, make for Underwood Family Farms, which just announced that sweet peas are ready to be picked.
They're 10 cents a stem, and you'll need to check out some gardening clippers before heading to the field. The details on the pick-your-own favorite? Find them here, as well as guidelines for taking these petal-pretty superstars home.
Lovely sweet pea flowers can often be viewed from the road, and there are ways to tour the petal-packed area, all to soak up some of the splendid springtime sights.